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The African-American atlas : Black history and culture--an illustrated reference
Asante, Molefi Kete, 1942-
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Publication Information:
New York : Macmillan ; London : Prentice Hall International, [1998]

Physical Description:
xi, 251 pages : illustrations (some color), color maps ; 31 cm
General Note:
Rev. ed. of: The historical and cultural atlas of African Americans. c1991.
African origins : "I got my religion from out of the sun" -- The transatlantic journey : "I don't care where you bury my body" -- African resistance to enslavement : "Dark clouds a'risin'" -- The great enslavement : "De udder worl' is not like dis" -- Remembering and organizing : "And before I'd be a slave" -- The gathering of freedom fighters : "All my troubles will soon be over with" -- The Civil War : "My Lord gwineter to rain down fire" -- The promise of reconstruction : "Swing low, sweet chariot" -- A new repression cometh : "Now ain't them hard trials" -- In defiance of segregatiion : "And still we rise" -- The era of demonstrative protest : "Great day, great day, the righteous marching" -- The transforming of America : "Before this time another year" -- Social and economic realities : "Didn't my Lord deliver Daniel" -- Dates to remember.

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E185 .A79 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize
E185 .A79 1998 Adult Non-Fiction Black History Non-Circ

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Updating the 1991 Historical and Cultural Atlas of African-Americans, this atlas offers up-to-date data on the African-American population within regional, national and international networks.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

A revision of The Historical and Cultural Atlas of African-Americans [RBB S 1 91]. Text and figures have been updated, with most statistics current to 1995 or 1996. The brief entry on Toni Morrison mentions her 1998 novel Paradise but not her 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature.

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-This updated edition of The Historical and Cultural Atlas of African Americans (Macmillan, 1992) has beautiful, full-color graphics interspersed with explanatory text on myriad subjects that are organized chronologically. The authors introduce African-American history by interweaving information about the people and events that influenced our nation's development with maps, charts, reproductions, and photographs. For example, maps give readers a visual understanding of such topics as the Underground Railroad, Harlem in the 1920s, the major mosques of the Nation of Islam, the birthplaces of influential performing artists, and the sobering reality of 30 years of lynching. However, there are some lapses that detract from the book's overall quality. The index is not complete: users cannot look up fields of endeavor such as art, medicine, or the military, and there is no entry for Colin Powell, who is mentioned in at least three places. Also, some editorial mistakes are noticeable. Tuskegee Institute is listed on a chart as being in Alabama but the accompanying map shows it in Georgia, and a map of median family income by region in 1996 is missing part of its legend. This much detail requires more careful checking.-Janet Woodward, Garfield High School, Seattle, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

This revised edition of the same compilers' The Historical and Cultural Atlas of African-Americans (CH, Sep'91) is an attractive and useful introductory reference covering many aspects of African-American history and contemporary culture. The title misleads; the book is primarily an illustrated textual account rather than a collection of maps. The text includes a generous selection of clearly drawn maps and tables, but not all are useful in the context in which they occur. Maps displaying the African diaspora or the geographical distribution of lynchings, for example, are compelling and bring history to life, but other maps seem ill chosen or are of negligible importance. The book's strengths lie in its concise, factual text and the hundreds of photographs, tables, and other illustrations. The author, a prominent black history scholar (Temple Univ.), writes from an Afrocentric perspective, evoking the sorrowful history of African Americans but highlighting their many achievements and contributions. He offers not a chronological but a thematic or topical approach, frequently discussing African American accomplishments outside their historical context. The text has only occasional documentation but includes a helpful three-page bibliography. Intended as an overview for beginning students and general readers, the book will be particularly valuable for lower-division undergraduate and community college students. K. Potts California State University--Stanislaus